Yooper John's SKS - Battle rifle of many nations

SECTION 2:  In this section I will try to show the differences between the same part from different arsenals, years and countries. The only purpose of this page is to help make the collector aware that differences do occur and about anything could be possible. These are ALL from my personal observations and not from any books.

SKS receiver cover latches.

The purpose of the latch is to remove the receiver cover for maintenance.  The various pictures below show the receiver cover latches from various makes and models of SKS's. Currently these are the only differences I have noticed. Some are only cosmetic, some have different stampings, some are shaped slightly different and some are just plain different. 

SKS cutaway view



These are the two types of latches found on the SKS.  Note the difference, stock also.


              Albania                                                                   China - early 60's                                    



China - late arsenal 26 - Note stock & latch differences           China - Egypt


                    East German                                                     Nephew Tony Boy
                 North Korea                                                        North Vietnam


               Romania                                                                Russia - Izhevsk arsenal



 Russia - 1949 & early 1950 - Note hole in the latch            Russia - late 1951-1956



     Sino Soviet Letter Gun                                                        Yugoslavia - M1959



    Yugoslavia - M1959/66                                                   Yugoslavia M1959/66



Go to SKS page 3 more info! for hand guard latches, rear sight bases and barrel to receiver attachment.

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